28 Potatoes

2005

Gallery Barry Keldoulis
Australian Technology Park, Acquisition for Collection

Fox passes through his ‘Saturn return’ (astrologically a period of inward reflection) finding his individuality in a metaphor of soup production. The notional machine of 28 Potatoes: All-in-one Potato-peeling Soup Maker, ‘manufactures’ a personal soup concocted of peeled potatoes crushed by the weight of expectation, and life spices, each flavour marking a discrete year in the life of the artist. The journeying of self across his twenty eight years is filled with adolescent aloofness, familial and institutional guidance, and the slapstick of young adulthood. 

Constructed from melamine, aluminium, piping and plumbing, the machine resonates with the artist’s paid work on building sites and in kitchen construction. Fox’s practice situates the artist as his strongest critic. It carries transference of use-value into places where time operates through the punctuation of ideas. Fox quite coolly extends and distorts architectural surroundings via sculptural interventions, testing the limits and thresholds that bind us universally.

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